Scholarly Communications Librarian
414B Hale Library
Manhattan, KS 66506
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The last full week in October is Open Access Week, a global event K-State Libraries has taken part in since 2009.
Open Access (OA) is the free, immediate, online access to research and scholarly information. This concept has the potential to revolutionize the scholarly process and the way research and scientific inquiry take place. There are direct and widespread implications for academia, industry, medicine, science, and society over all.
For example, many people are surprised to learn that libraries must pay thousands, sometimes even tens of thousands of dollars per year for a subscription to a single research journal. These journals contain results of research projects and provide essential information for students, faculty, and researchers. If libraries can’t afford to subscribe to a journal, those who need the information might not be able to get it.
For more information about Open Access Week and the Open Access Movement, please see the following resources:
Daily posts have been made to the Talking in the Library blog during Open Access Week. These posts contain more information about Open Access, scholarly publishing, open data, and what is happening at K-State.
SPARC is a major proponent of and a good source of information about Open Access.
DOAJ currently lists over 8300 open access journals in a range of disciplines
The official website for global Open Access Week planning.
The Right to Research Coalition was founded by students in the summer of 2009 to promote an open scholarly publishing system based on the belief that no student should be denied access to the articles they need because their institution cannot afford the often high cost of access.